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4:05 PM ET, August 26, 2008

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Alex Vogenthaler / Inside AdSense:
Ad serving for everyone  —  Back in March, we announced the beta release of Google Ad Manager, our hosted ad serving and management solution for publishers with smaller direct sales teams.  Today, we are pleased to announce general availability of the product — no invitation required!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google Opens Ad Manager To All; OpenX in Trouble?
AndroidGuys:
No More Speculation - This is the G1 from T-Mobile  —  Update: Since we published this article, we've received some specs from a few people/places.  Click here to see a compiled list of the inner beauty.  —  It's time to put this rumor to bed once and for all.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Acquires BlogCritics, Gets Into Content Game  —  Technorati continues to redefine itself under CEO Richard Jalichandra, who joined the company in October 2007.  In June they launched Technorati Media, a blog advertising network.  —  Today they are announcing the acquisition of Blogcritics …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Acquires Blogcritics and Welcomes the Blogcritics Community  —  Today, we've announced the acquisition of Blogcritics.org.  If you're a blogger, you might be familiar with them (and they've been part of the Technorati Media network since June).  If you're not, Blogcritics …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ProofHQ streamlines the creative development process online  —  Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the move to cloud-based applications (applications that reside on a server rather than on your computer) is the potential for collaboration.  We're already seeing it on a low level with apps …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
ProofHQ puts collaborative editing in your browser, blog
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Macsimum News
Shelfari:
Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family  —  It's an exciting day here at Shelfari.  The rain has stopped, the birds are chirping and the biggest news of all - we are being acquired by Amazon.com.  —  As many of you may already know, Amazon has been a long supporter of Shelfari.
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Android Developers Blog:
Some information on APIs removed in the Android 0.9 SDK beta  —  Earlier this week, we released a beta of the Android SDK.  In the accompanying post, I mentioned that we had to remove some APIs from the platform for Android 1.0, and as a result they don't appear in the 0.9 beta SDK, and won't appear in 1.0-compatible SDKs.
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Opentape Sticks It to RIAA with Open Source Muxtape  —  With web music fan favorite Muxtape currently out of commission due to “a problem with the RIAA,” an open source — if no more legal — alternative has appeared: Opentape.  Opentape describes itself as “a free, open-source package …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If Amazon Really Wants To Get Serious About The Kindle...  More rumors about the new Kindle are emerging, which we first wrote about on July 15.  The first device will have a similar sized screen as the existing model but will have a much enhanced form factor.
TeleGeography Research:
Google's subsea ambitions expand  —  On the heels of its investment in the Unity trans-Pacific submarine cable, Google is working with a consortium of carriers planning to build an intra-Asian submarine cable system.  The new cable, dubbed the Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AT&T expands iPhone international data plans  —  AT&T announced Tuesday it's expanding its iPhone international data plans, in a move designed to cut consumers' reliance on pay-per-use data services.  —  Under the expansion, which is slated to begin Wednesday, iPhone users can add …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Visual Voicemail Inventor Strikes Again, Sues Google, Verizon, Others  —  After coaxing a settlement out of Apple, AT&T, and Skype owner eBay, “visual voicemail” inventor Judah Klausner is at it again: His Klausner Technologies is suing Google, Verizon, LG, and a host of other companies in U.S. district court in Texas, Reuters reports.
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News.com and Electronista
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
VoIP Goes Mobile  —  Gorilla Mobile and other carriers are allowing cell-phone users to make calls for virtually free using Internet technology  —  Scott Goldman uses his mobile phone to call friends and business contacts all over the world, from Britain to Australia.
reddit:
now you can restyle and host your reddits wherever you'd like (with contest!)  —  redditors have created lots of new reddits in the last few months (and subscribers and subscriptions are up 300% since the redesign) but allowing user-created reddits was just the first step.
Hal Goldstein / Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine:
Final Issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine  —  I have sad news.  After 11 years, we will be publishing a final 2008 issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine and then suspend publication!  We are working hard to make it the best Windows Mobile issue ever, a keeper, a reference guide.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook hits 100 million user mark, twenty percent have already opted in to the redesign  —  Will Facebook users like the redesign?  The company made a big gamble in changing the interface to focus on feeds — it's a move that many in the “early adopter” crowd liked (including myself).
 
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
PowerShot E1: Canon's women-only digital camera
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 3Gs Now Outnumber First Generation iPhones
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
DMCA takedown notice forces Twitter to blacklist Mad Men characters
Associated Press:
Wii surpasses one million consoles sold in Canada
eWeek:
Laptop Sold on eBay Exposes 1M Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Community Platforms: Here Comes The CIO
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Where Cell Phones Go to Die
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Begins Fake Cat Brain Project (Updated)
Discussion: The Register
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
OXM rumor: Gearbox developing Halo 4 as launch title for next Xbox
John Resig:
Firebug 1.2 Released  —  The final version of Firebug 1.2 has been released.
Discussion: OStatic blogs and webmonkey
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New Firefox Extension Thwarts MITM Attacks …
Discussion: Ars Technica
MacNN:
Apple pulls free Tetris clone from iTunes
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Business Uses for Twitter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster
Discussion: iLounge
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Opinion: Why Google has lost its mojo — and why you should care
Discussion: PDA, broadstuff and Macworld
 

 
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